Who is the right contractor for you?
It doesn’t matter what kind of contractor you require a commercial or residential, all that matter is contractor’s reputation and what kind of projects are under his belt.
- Reliability of the contractor.
- Has anyone in your social circle has hired the contractor.
- What their client’s review says about them.
- Their work and communication traits
Most of the aforementioned information about the contractor can be found online.
Interview the contractor
You need to be particular about who you hire because once your bathroom remodeling begins there is no turning back. Choose the best contractor for your bathroom remodeling. After immense research and experience, we assembled these questions that you can ask your contractor in the interview. These questions make sure that you get all the information you need.
1. Ask the contractors about their estimates
It might sound a simple question to you but the main thing is that the estimates should be under your budget and keep an eye for any hidden cost that could pop up during the project. Take multiple estimates from the contractors.
2. Ask for warranties
Warranties are a win-win situation for both parties as the contractor doesn’t have to worry about coming back for repairs over a long course of time. For you, it is best because it ensures you that the contractor didn’t do a shabby remodeling of your bathroom. Verbal warranties have little to no worth, get your warranty on paperwork.
3. Utilize best payment practices
Don’t put yourself in a critical situation by giving full payment upfront or payment in cash. If a contractor demands such a thing be wary and don’t pay. The right thing to do here is to give one-third of the agreed amount in the form of a check to the company.
4. How much time has it’s been in the industry on your own?
This question will help you assess the bathroom remodeling contractor credibility, as I would indicate that how dependable and well-established, they are. Also, ask the contractor’s team that how much they have been working together, it would give you an idea of how much hiring and firing is going on in their team. A contractor who often fires people will give you a hard time in completing your work.
5. Are you and your team licensed?
Make sure the contractor you hire has an updated license and is registered.
6. Are you insured?
Insurance is vital, ask your contractor for insurance and General Liability Insurance and Workers’ Compensation. If they say yes, then ask for their policy paper and make a copy of it.
7. How many projects do you work on at the same time?
It is crucial to ask your contractor about their other ongoing projects and whether those projects will affect their commitment to you. A great contractor keeps transparency with their clients, give them information about all the stages of the project and what factor could potentially extend the project’s timeframe.
8. How are you going to remodel my bathroom?
Behind this question, there is a cluster of questions. Like, Do you have any idea how you are going to kick off the project? Will someone be here every day? Do you have a list of stages of the project, from where it will start and where it will end? How will you protect my house from any damage that would be caused by kitchen remodeling?
9. Will you be hiring other subcontractors for the job?
Usually, the contractor does the whole project with their own team and ideally, this is the right way. The reason for that is that it gives the contractors control over the project and everything goes their way. But if they hire any subcontractor then they cannot control all the aspects of the project like material or schedule. To forestall such problems, hire a contractor who does it all.
10. Have you ever been sued?
If the answer to this question is “yes” then it doesn’t mean that you should end the interview. In this case, you need to find out the reason of the lawsuit, how he handled the situation and what was the end-result to it.
11. What do you do at the end of every job day?
Maybe they will have a hard time understanding what you are trying to ask. So, try to ask them “Can you guys clean the job sit once you are done for the day.” If the answer to this is unconvincing that cleaning up the Jobsite can be a liability to you. Hire a contractor who can do that for you.
12. How and when would you like to be paid?
As mentioned before no upfront payment should be given to the contractor, even if they ask for it. Keep in mind that 25% to 30% of the agreed-upon payment amount should be given to the contractor, nothing more than that. This amount is optimum for the contractor to kick-off the project, all the material and expenses get covered in it. However, if the contractor is asking for more, as the amount doesn’t cover the material cost then go ahead and order the material by yourself.
13. Are you bonded?
Contactors that are bonded carry liability protection to forestall any unforeseen circumstances.
14. What is the project’s timeframe?
To be frank, in bathroom remodeling several elements affect the competition of the project. These elements can be product availability, plumbing functionality, weather conditions, etc. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask your contractor about the project’s timeframe, try to ask for a timeframe on which both parties could agree upon.
If you still are skeptical about the aforementioned questions, then the right thing to do is go to first choice home improvements inc, where you can consult with the representative about your bathroom remodeling. They will help you and will educate you about the ins and outs of remodeling free of cost.